series began as a short story of unrequited love of a
girl for another girl, and nanotchnology being abused to
create (among other things) zombies. The story
eventually grew into a book, Lifehack. It was intended
as a one-off... (with evolving covers...)
from a cluttered mess, to a bland one that looks far too
horror-based, to the current one featuring a model who just happened to have a
picture available that looked a lot like
an old drawing I did of Lifehack's protagonist.)
However, I saw
the chance to tell more stories in the fictional country
introduced in Lifehack, and their troubles with
nanotechnology abuses. I surprised myself when I
completed writing a book, but suddenly it didn't seem so
impossible. Leaving the main characters of Lifehack
alone, I turned to new characters in the same world.
Compared to the
action-filled first book, I had much more personal goals
for Watching Yute. Where Lifehack has scores of deaths,
they are mostly statistical nameless victims. Watching
Yute suffers from some of the after-effects of Lifehack,
but doesn't scream "I'M A SEQUEL!!!" In fact, it's so
different in tone that it really is the 'middle child'
in a lot of ways. I warn potential readers all the time.
Don't go in expecting more of the same. Don't expect
large-scale battles. Don't expect a happy ending. Expect
emotion. Some are the kinds they don't make greeting
Yute, I kill very few people. But you get to know them.
Half way through writing Watching Yute, I realised that
it was the ten year anniversary of a friend's suicide,
and I had subconsciously picked her first name for a
character. After that realisation, the book became a
whole new beast to me. As such, it is my favourite of
Yute was done, I knew I had to bring back some of the
action and chaos that Lifehack enjoyed. I also had a
handful of characters who needed loose ends tied up.
I wrote Echoes
of Erebus to be readable without having read the others,
but I suspect that having read the other two would add
more meaning to many of the concepts in Echoes of
Erebus. In some ways, Echoes of Erebus is a bit of a
sequel to both previous books.
There are a few
minor characters who play a part in all three books, and
the heroes from previous books make brief appearances,
but on the whole, each book is about someone else,
dealing with their own issues, and slightly different
manifestations of nanite abuse.
With Echoes of
Erebus, the series ends. I'm not saying there will never
be another book in that world, but I don't see the need
On to the next series, Rubberman.